Minnesota Poll results: IRS scrutiny of conservative groups

  • By: STAR TRIBUNE
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 9:54 AM

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll surveyed 800 Minnesota adults June 11-13. Respondents were reached on both landlines and cell phones. The poll has a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus.

QUESTION: As you may know the IRS singled out some conservative political groups for extra questions about their tax status. Do you think it was appropriate or inappropriate for the IRS to do this?

APPROPRIATENOTNOT SURE
TOTAL22%66%12%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey30%54%16%
Metro Suburbs12%79%9%
Rest of State22%68%10%
GENDER
Men15%75%10%
Women28%59%13%
AGE
18-3427%58%15%
35-4917%70%13%
50-6420%71%9%
65+23%67%10%
INCOME
<$50,00023%63%14%
$50,000+22%69%9%
PARTY ID
DFL/Democrat46%41%13%
Republican2%93%5%
Independent14%76%10%
None12%35%53%
REGISTERED VOTER?
Yes23%67%10%
No13%64%23%

QUESTION: Do you believe the extra focus on conservative political groups by the IRS was a deliberate effort to harass these groups or an administrative mistake that was not intended to treat these groups unfairly?

DELIBERATEMISTAKENOT SURE
TOTAL41%33%26%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey32%43%25%
Metro Suburbs47%23%30%
Rest of State45%31%24%
GENDER
Men50%24%26%
Women33%41%26%
AGE
18-3436%39%25%
35-4941%30%29%
50-6450%27%23%
65+40%35%25%
INCOME
<$50,00038%28%34%
$50,000+46%38%16%
PARTY ID
DFL/Democrat17%57%26%
Republican72%7%21%
Independent45%32%23%
None15%12%73%
REGISTERED VOTER?
Yes43%33%24%
No34%33%33%

QUESTION: Do you think that senior Obama administration officials ordered the IRS to target those political groups for greater scrutiny, or IRS bureaucrats acted on their own?

ORDEREDON THEIR OWNNOT SURE
TOTAL32%47%21%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey20%59%21%
Metro Suburbs36%38%26%
Rest of State38%44%18%
GENDER
Men37%45%18%
Women27%49%24%
AGE
18-3423%53%24%
35-4936%40%24%
50-6437%49%14%
65+32%47%21%
INCOME
<$50,00033%47%20%
$50,000+32%50%18%
PARTY ID
DFL/Democrat3%76%21%
Republican61%25%14%
Independent40%39%21%
None23%12%65%
REGISTERED VOTER?
Yes32%49%19%
No30%38%32%

QUESTION: Do you think the Obama administration is or is not honestly disclosing what it knows about the scrutiny of conservative groups?

YES/ISNO/IS NOTNOT SURE
TOTAL30%51%19%
REGION
Hennepin/Ramsey45%38%17%
Metro Suburbs22%61%17%
Rest of State25%54%21%
GENDER
Men27%62%11%
Women34%42%24%
AGE
18-3433%48%19%
35-4928%55%17%
50-6432%53%15%
65+29%49%22%
INCOME
<$50,00030%51%19%
$50,000+30%56%14%
PARTY ID
DFL/Democrat53%23%24%
Republican6%82%12%
Independent30%56%14%
None17%43%40%
REGISTERED VOTER?
Yes30%52%18%
No32%49%19%

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